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Mapping Tool Provides Access to Chemical and Biological Assessment Data for Download, Analysis, and Visualization to Facilitate Coastal Management

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Special Projects Office recently completed a data mapping and download tool for that allows users to query, visualize, and download sediment chemistry, toxicity, and biodiversity data from 17 estuaries studied using consistent field and laboratory methods to assess estuary condition. These studies represent approximately 50% of the NCCOS studies conducted since the program began in 1986.

In addition, a suite of map layers is provided to assist users in visualizing data in the context of management and ecosystem boundaries, including National Estuarine Research Reserves, National Marine Sanctuaries, National Parks, NOAA Fisheries Management Zones, National Wildlife Refuges, and USGS 8-digit watershed boundaries.

Four additional estuary studies are scheduled to be uploaded by the end of FY2008, and historical studies will follow in 2009.

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Shorter web link for sharing: http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/news/?p=1377

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